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How about dinner with the president tonight?

07/28/2014 10:17 PM

07/29/2014 6:43 AM

The president is coming, the president is coming...

“Oh wow, OK.” — one of the Kansas Citians reacting to an invitation from White House press secretary Josh Earnest to have dinner with the president on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

The president has made it a habit to get together with regular folks who write him letters about their lives. He’ll do the same Tuesday night from a still-undisclosed location in KC.

“Over the years, we’ve seen these agencies buying up more and more private property.” — Missouri Congressman Sam Graves introducing a new law aimed at slowing the race the federal government buys land.

Graves points out that the federal government owns a quarter of all the land in this country, and that’s more than it can maintain. Still, the federal government continues to buy land at a rapid rate, he said.

“I am pleased the Senate and House have not walked away from this issue, and I look forward to supporting this compromise.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran on a compromise aimed at overhauling access to veterans’ health care.

Moran had urged that Congress not adjourn in August unless a compromise was struck. Insiders thought a deal was in deep trouble last week after the House and Senate chairmen involved in this issue clashed. But they made up, and their staffs reached a deal. Among the provisions: Veterans who have been waiting more than 30 days for treatment or who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility can seek treatment from a private physician.

“We had a phenomenal event at the senator's home to raise money for our legislative efforts and are thrilled with both the success of the event and her personal commitment to the effort.” — Missouri Democratic Party chair Roy Temple on a $240,000 contribution to the Missouri Democratic Party from Sen. Claire McCaskill following a fund-raising event Friday night at her St. Louis home. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).

The contribution tops the $200K from Attorney General Chris Koster and puts new pressure on Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, to come through for his party.

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